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Merrick has made six of eight cuts this year, with his best finish a tie for 11th at Puerto Rico. He took advantage of an early tee time to take the early clubhouse lead.
He said the key Thursday was hitting shots closer to the hole.
"It's definitely been something that's been hurting me," he said. "I've been hitting greens but not really getting it close. Today I hit some good shots and had some decent looks at birdies that were inside 10 feet."
Kisner is a rookie in his 13th event on tour this season. He started this tournament with only his fourth round in the 60s this year, taking advantage of a morning tee time with little wind. The South Carolina native who went to the University of Georgia hasn't finished better than a tie for 39th, and Kisner said his biggest challenge is learning the courses.
"The courses are much more difficult than the Nationwide," he said. "You really have to know where you're going to miss it and places to be. It's all just part of learning. It's why they call you a rookie."
DIVOTS: Sergio Garcia may have a chance for an early arrival at Congressional. He opened with a 78 that featured an 11 on the par-5 No. 3. Garcia was 2 over for the back nine before hitting three times into the water running along much of the right side of the third fairway. He hit his ninth shot into a greenside bunker before blasting out to within 3 feet and finally sunk that putt for his 11. ... J.B. Holmes did not start.
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